Durban unveils World Cup Stadium

Soccer world cup 2010 - Durban Stadium

The design for Durban's new King Senzangakhona Stadium, which will host a 2010 Fifa World Cup semifinal, was unveiled on Thursday 30 June 2006.

 Named after King Shaka's father, the stadium will cost R1.6-billion to build and be able to seat up to 80 000 soccer fans.

The most prominent feature of the new stadium, to be built on the site of the existing football stadium, will be the 30-storey arch stretching its entire length.

Sports precinct

King Senzangakhona Stadium, which is expected to be completed by December 2008, will also have an athletics track and underground parking for 10 000 cars.

The stadium will be built next to the existing Absa Stadium, home of the Sharks rugby team. Walter Gilbert Road, which runs between the two stadiums, will be converted into a pedestrian walkway.

The area is to be developed into a sports precinct, with Olympic-class facilities for football, athletics and swimming all in close proximity.

Plans for a railway station next to the stadium are also being discussed.

Fifa's 2010 HQ launched

The building, with its distinctive football-shaped dome, will be the headquarters of Fifa and the local organising committee during the 2010 World Cup.

Joburg landmark

The Safa House complex will house the headquarters of both the SA Football Association (Safa) and the Premier Soccer League. It will also host the Safa Academy, a training facility for elite level coaches and players.

The complex will consist of at least 100 offices for Fifa with all the modern conveniences that a world-class organization requires. It is to be a technologically "smart" development, built on environmentally sound principles.

The building will be dominated by the football-shaped dome on the roof. The dome will be well-lit at night and visible from the air and the ground as a defining landmark for the city of Johannesburg.